I’m joining The Novel Bakers
with Gathering in the Garden:
From lifelong friends, artists, and gardeners, comes a delightful little gift book full of ideas to transform ordinary events into garden parties, complete with menus and recipes.
Gathering in the Garden
begins with a Tomato Taste-Off.
I’m savoring that last bit of summer with
tomatoes fresh from the Farmers’ Market.
Mr. Hunter’s Tomato Stand, watercolor by Shelley Snow
in Gathering in the Garden
“It was a hot, sultry day, and we situated ourselves in the shade behind the garden shed, conveniently out of sight from anyone else who might want to enjoy a home-grown, red-ripe tomato.”
“We started with just two nice fat ones, never intending to eat every red, round thing in the garden, but we did. At number eight or so, we noticed we were giggling quite a bit.”
“By number ten, we were downright hysterical. However by number fourteen, or laughter had subsided and we were sick as dogs.”
“We stayed that way for several days, just long enough to allow the next crop of tomatoes to turn nice and red.”
Instead of the classic BLT,
we’ve been enjoying
Their smallish size makes
it easy to overindulge,
eating more than you intended :)
No recipe required~ you can use any size tomato, diced, or a medley of cherry or grape tomatoes. Cook and crumble some bacon and shred some lettuce.
For some additional flavor, add some chopped basil to your mayonnaise and slather on a liberal amount on your toasted baguette slices, season with salt and pepper.
Their open-faced BLT goodness
will put a smile on your face :)
“For months we have suffered the insult of dishonest marketers who display signs touting ‘Home Grown Tomatoes’ over mealy, tasteless objects in our produce departments. So, when the real thing comes along, we junkies have to cram into three months what we have waited for the whole year. We slice her, we stack her, we juice her, we fry her, pickle her, bake her, and best of all, slather her with mayonaise, salt and pepper, and sandwich her!”
A little tomato taste-off with some recipes from the archives.
Click on the links to enjoy a taste!
The flavor of summer~ Basil Salt